History of chronic neck pain. Started about a year after I started doing ultrasounds. I am now 28 years old. I have been dealing with this for 6 years now. My neck is in constant pain I would rate at 7-8. Daily headaches. Burning pain in right shoulder blade. Left hand weakness. Pain shoots down both arms intermittently. Muscles are in a constant spasm. The worst is at the base of my neck. It is so depressing to be in so much pain every single day. Pain meds do not help. I have tried several muscle relaxers. They don't touch it. I have tried everything I know to do. Chiropractors, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, traction, nerve blocks, & trigger point injections. Nothing helps!! I still see the chiropractor and get massages as often as I can afford them. It doesn't necessarily help, but I feel like I may die if I don't have them.
My diagnosis is cervical spondylosis and degenerative disc disease. I saw a neurosurgeon about a year and a half ago, and he said that I didn't need surgery at that time. My MRI shows broad based disc osteophytes at every level between C3-C7. I have mild reversal of the curvature of my spine as well from the muscle spasms.
Has anybody been through this and have you found anything to help alleviate the symptoms?
Would I be a candidate for surgery?
I did have the l EDITED tell me that I did need the surgery, but I would have to pay the $20K+ out of pocket. So of course I can't do that, and ever since then I have felt hopeless.
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